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Smart Growth Implementation Toolkit


The Smart Growth Implementation Toolkit is a set of practical tools to help communities grow smarter. The Toolkit is designed to help local leaders untangle the policies and procedures that get in the way of smarter growth and sustainable development.

The tools are designed for communities committed to (or are exploring) smart growth strategies, but which are struggling to implement such policies, build support for them, identify the most problematic policies or other issues that typically accompany changes in development practices.

These tools provide a step-by-step guide for how to examine the policies, codes, zoning regulations and development requirements that can impact how a community grows. Each tool may be used independently or in combination with others. These tools are intended to be templates, and can and should be customized for your community’s needs. The full Toolkit includes seven components: 

  • Quick diagnostic
  • Smart growth policy audit
  • Smart growth code and zoning audit
  • Smart growth project scorecard  
  • Incentives matrix for smart growth projects
  • Smart growth strategy builder 
  • Smart growth audit summary

Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Community Design, Land Use, Planning, Policies, Transportation Planning, Zoning


Institutional Author:

Smart Growth America




The NACCHO Toolbox is a repository of available resources to help local public health practitioners. Tools are produced by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as academic institutions and other stakeholders. The contents of this Toolbox are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect any official recommendations of NACCHO. NACCHO makes no express or implied warranty with respect to the contents and disclaims liability for any damages arising from or connected to the use of the material in this Toolbox.